"DENMARK CONSIDERS BANNING ALL PESTICIDES"1
In Denmark the government has set up "a committee of scientists’ and farmers’ groups to decide whether the country should become entirely organic by June1998." Already, 150 pesticide products became illegal last July. "Niels Juul Jensen, deputy director of the Danish Environment Agency, says levels of pesticides are rising in the groundwater that supplies nearly all of Denmark’s drinking water."
Meanwhile, in the United States we continue to use vast amounts of pesticides, which contaminate our air, water, soils, and food. In experimenting with rats, Professor Warren Porter of the University of Wisconsin, Madison has found that tiny doses of combinations of pesticides, at levels that can be found in Wisconsin drinking water today, can cause both aggression and learning problems in the animals. He states, "Can you imagine any parents exposing their children to a toxic chemical? And yet they do it all the time [by pesticiding their homes and gardens, eating pesticided food, and permitting pesticiding in their children’s schools and on their playgrounds]. The telling comparison is that we protect laboratory rats better from this stuff than we do our kids."2 He said:
1NOHA Honorary Member Beatrice Trum Hunter sent us this news release about Denmark from TODAY’S CHEMIST AT WORK, July/August 1997, page 10.
2Knapp, Dan, "Warning! Good Looking Lawns May Be Hazardous To Your Health," On Wisconsin, May/June 1996, page 53.
3Telephone conversation between Marjorie Fisher and Professor Warren P. Porter, Chair, Department of Zoology and Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, March 5, 1991.
Article from NOHA NEWS, Vol. XXII, No. 4, Fall 1997, page 2.